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Cave Temples of Mogao Art and History on the Silk Road

ISBN-10: 0892365854
ISBN-13: 9780892365852
Edition: 2000
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Description: The Mogao grottoes in China, situated near the oasis town of Dunhuang on the fabled Silk Road, constitute one of the world's most significant sites of Buddhist art. In some five hundred caves carved into rock cliffs at the edge of the Gobi desert  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/30/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 8.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

The Mogao grottoes in China, situated near the oasis town of Dunhuang on the fabled Silk Road, constitute one of the world's most significant sites of Buddhist art. In some five hundred caves carved into rock cliffs at the edge of the Gobi desert are preserved one thousand years of exquisite murals and sculpture. Mogao, founded by Buddhist monks as an isolated monastery in the late fourth century, evolved into an artistic and spiritual center whose renown extended from the Chinese capital to the far western kingdoms of the Silk Road. Among its treasures are miles of stunning wall paintings, more than two thousand statues, magnificent works on silk and paper, and thousands of ancient manuscripts, such as sutras, poems, and prayer sheets, which in 1900 were found sealed in one of the caves and then dispersed to museums throughout the world. Illustrated in color throughout, Cave Temples of Mogao combines lavish photographs of the caves and their art with the fascinating history of Mogao, Dunhuang, and the Silk Road to create a vivid portrait of this remarkable site. Chapters discuss the development of the cave temples, the iconography of the wall paintings, and the extraordinary story of the rare manuscripts, including the oldest printed book in existence, a ninth-century copy of the Diamond Sutra. The book also describes the long-term collaboration between the Getty Conservation Institute and Chinese authorities in conservation projects at Mogao as well as the caves and the museum that can be visited today. The publication of this book coincides with the centenary of the discovery of the manuscripts in the Library Cave.

Foreword
At the Desert Gateway to China
The Blazing Beacon
Lost Treasures of the Silk Road
The Peerless Caves
Temples of the Pure Lands
A Millennium of Murals
Conserving the Heritage of Mogao
Monasteries, Monks, and Manuscripts
The Art Gallery in the Desert
Suggested Reading
Acknowledgments

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